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I’m a writer, podcaster, teacher, wife and mother in no particular order– or I guess, like so many of us, the order depends on the day.  I’ve lived in Los Angeles and now Seattle but I’m a native New Yorker and former actress who studied with Uta Hagen, Alfred Molina, and at Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC before heading to LA to fulfill my actress dreams. Once there I got to perform at Improv Olympic, study at The Groundlings, and work with Tim Robbins and the company at The Actors’ Gang for several productions. I also spent a year of Sundays volunteer-training and feeding marine mammals at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, met my husband, and decided I was okay with leaving Los Angeles.

Soon after moving to Seattle with my family I transitioned from acting to writing and began publishing short stories and essays. Some of my work has been published in The AtlanticThe Washington PostThe HuffPost and The Rumpus, but for a complete list of links please visit my Published Work page. I’m a One Story Workshop for Writers alum, have a Masters in Fine Arts in Nonfiction from Pacific University in Oregon and have a memoir manuscript I’m about ready to find an agent for.

Before I created my podcast And Then Everything Changed, featuring guest interviews about pivotal moments in their life and the decisions that define them, I co-hosted the weekly podcast Mouthy/Messy/Mandatory with Katie Anthony and was a guest on the podcasts Inside Voice, Acme Writing Company, and on KUOW’s The Record with Bill Radke and discovered I really enjoy the interview-format.

I love writing and the time with my questions and thoughts that it affords me but communicating with And Then Everything Changed guests in real-time and being able to share those conversations with listeners who love stories of compassion, hardship, resilience, grit, and understanding is one of the most rewarding ways in which I can create. I feel like I spent so much of the first half of my life talking and not listening. I’ve learned that listening is also a really good thing, and for me, these days, more important than hearing myself talk. Although I’m sure my friends and family–definitely my kids–would say I still do an awful lot of talking. And they’re right, I do. But for my guests, I’m always here to listen.  

I think sharing stories is one of the most powerful ways we have to connect, to understand each other better, and to remember none of us are alone. And that’s why I love writing, podcasting, teaching, being a wife, and being a mother (in no particular order).

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me.